Mind, Life, and Universe
Conversations with Great Scientists of Our Time
Foreword by David Suzuki
This book gives a fascinating overview of current research on life and its origins, man, and the cosmos from many different levels of perspective—the 'cosmic zoom' or 'powers of ten' shifting of perspective made famous by Philip Morrison. I learned much that was new to me. Just as important, I unlearned much that is widely believed but not true. Very stimulating; its conversational prose is so readable!
—James Strick, Department of Earth and Environment, and Chair of the Program in Science, Technology and Society, Franklin and Marshall College
Passionate quests for truth some of the greatest scientists at work today.
Nearly forty of the world's most esteemed scientists discuss the big questions that drive their illustrious careers. Coeditor Eduardo Punset—one of Spain's most loved personages for his popularization of the sciences—interviews an impressive collection of characters, drawing out their seldom-seen personalities. In Mind, Life, and Universe, they describe in their own words the most important and fascinating aspects of their research. Frank and often irreverent, these interviews will keep even the most casual reader of science books rapt for hours.
Can brain science explain feelings of happiness and despair? Is it true that chimpanzees are just like us when it comes to sexual innuendo? Is there any hard evidence that life exists anywhere other than on the Earth? Through Punset's skillful questioning, readers will meet one scientist who is passionate about the genetic control of everything and another who spends her every waking hour making sure African ecosystems stay intact.
In captivating conversations with such science luminaries as Jane Goodall, James E. Lovelock, Oliver Sacks, and E. O. Wilson, Punset reveals a hidden world of intellectual interests, verve, and humor. Science enthusiasts and general readers will devour Mind, Life, and Universe.
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With the publication of Mind, Life, and Universe Chelsea Green adds to the newly launched Sciencewriters Books, a new imprint to develop outstanding works of science for the general public. Sciencewriters Books is codirected by Lynn Margulis and Dorion Sagan, founders of Sciencewriters, an educational partnership devoted to advancing science through fantastic and informative books, videos, and other media (www.sciencewriters.org). Blending exciting writing with depth of knowledge and dedication to scientific integrity, Sciencewriters Books will publish new and established authors on cutting-edge topics that are key to our survival.